People often tell us how much fun they’ve had at our charity team building events. But there’s no feeling in the world like when a kid says it!
A New Twist On Our Bike-A-Thon™ in San Antonio, TX
We organized an event for Emerson recently in sunny San Antonio, TX. The company often holds similar events that it runs in-house, but because they needed to work off-site this time, they called Magnovo. The company’s organizers knew they wanted to do a charity team building event, but with a twist. Once we heard their hopes for the day, we were fully on-board! Whereas our charity team building programs often result making a donation of items to a charity’s representative, this time, we’d have the children who were receiving items joining us as participants. The boys of Guiding Light RTC would be the beneficiaries of the Bike-A-Thon™.
Teamwork Pays Off for Emerson
Before the kids arrived, we divided the Emerson folks into six teams. One child joined each team, and then the fun began. Games and challenges like Group Writing, Cup Stack, and Air Counting ordinarily get a lot of laughs but playing them with six kids added to the mix brought things to a whole new level! An intense dedication to teamwork and good communication skills kept things moving smoothly. By the end of the program, all teams completed assembly of their bicycles. These kids beamed with pride and excitement. The adults’ faces were pretty happy, too, although some of them looked a little tired, also!
A Great Day for Guiding Light’s Kids
In addition to Guiding Light‘s Roger Herrara thanking Emerson for organizing the event, all of the teams had a chance to talk about their experience and what they learned. Of course, the adults spoke of the importance of working together and qualities like patience and flexibility. But the boys also spoke of having fun, working hard, sticking to a project even when it’s hard, and being courteous to other people.
Overall, it was a very positive experience to have kids and adults working together toward common goals. We were a little concerned at first that everyone wouldn’t benefit equally from a joint program, but those fears were soon allayed once we got started. This was one of the most rewarding Bike-A-Thons we’ve ever seen. Teams developed genuine bonds throughout that afternoon, and the ‘goodbye’ that each team gave its “kid” was extremely heart-felt.